Front right view of the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.

Sony XB22 Hard Reset Instructions

We give here our Sony XB22 hard reset instructions to return this portable Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker to its default factory settings.  Hard resetting restores the XB 22 to fresh-out-of-the-box state. Plus, it wipes away any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. Cleaning these out stops this speaker from pairing to any close Bluetooth devices. Moreover, you might hard reset to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from joining with devices you no longer want it to sync with.

Sony XB22 Hard Reset, Step by Step Instructions

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony XB22. Sony XB22 Hard Reset.
Sony XB22 -Power- button.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.

Picture of the glowing -Power- lamp.
The -Power- lamp glowing.

The speaker may make a ding-dong tone sound when it powers up, if it pairs with a nearby source device. Or it may stay quiet if it does not sync.  But whether the unit links or not though, this hard reset routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Power and Volume DOWN Buttons at the Same Time

Find these buttons as shown next.  They are both on the top button panel, as we point out in the next picture.

The -Power- and -Volume DOWN- buttons.
The -Power- and -Volume DOWN- buttons.

The XB22 then enters the hard reset process.

Then after a small pause, the speaker powers OFF, and the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on the SRS XB22, there is no leaving-the-air sound.

The dark -Power- light.
Sony XB22 -Power- lamp dark.

3. Check that your Sony XB22 Did Indeed Hard Reset

Next, turn on the unit again, as detailed in step 1 above.

Note that after the hard reset, the XB22 comes back online in discovery mode. The Pairing Mode lamp rapidly blinks blue to let you know this.

The glowing -Bluetooth Status- light.
The -Bluetooth Status- lamp glowing.

This is a signal that you may then look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

4. Done with Sony XB22 Hard Reset !

The hard reset is now finished. So you may now sell or gift the 22, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

After a hard reset, the XB22 no longer automatically joins with any previously linked Bluetooth device. Thus, to restore auto pairing, you manually pair it with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re near each other, pairing automatically take place once again.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-18: First published.